Nonfiction and poetry

For nonfiction:

Here it is the NYT article that Chelsea and Elizabeth published on their blogs about YA nonfiction and adult authors. The article that Katherine referred to is included a couple of posts ago and it includes an interview with S.E. Hinton about Ruth Graham’s article. I think that the discussion about the boundaries of YA publishing and the role of adults as gatekeepers (critics, publishers, creators etc…) will be a recurrent conversations all term. Glad to have it!

For poetry:

5 thoughts on “Nonfiction and poetry

  1. (Regarding YA editions of adult titles:) No matter how this writing/publishing trend evolves, librarians need to read both versions in order to be accurate and thorough in recommending the YA edition.


  2. (Regarding poetry for teens:) I looked over some of the poetry resources and it’s great to learn that there really is excitement out there for poetry. In my own experience as a teen writing poetry (and I still do write poetry as an adult) I felt private about my poetry, sharing it only with a few people, or handing in a poetry assignment and feeling anxious to get it back from the teacher so that it was “mine” once again. The idea of teens publishing their poetry online and inviting comments, feedback, and literary criticism is a whole new environment in my mind. Shared poetry can reach huge number of readers pretty quickly now. Are teens writing poetry that is less personal? Are they finding benefits to sharing that I missed out on? Is there a place for quiet sharing?


    • I’ve been thinking about this too. As a teen, anything I wrote felt extremely private. However, these days there are so many different platforms and outlets for teens to publicly post their own creative writing. I don’t think teens are writing anything less personal. I think seeing other teens putting their own content out into the internetuniverse gives them the confidence to do the same. Or perhaps they have certain content they keep completely to themselves in private posts or journals. It’s nice that they can choose what to publicize and what to keep private.


  3. (Regarding Open the Door [Poetry Foundation]:) Jim Trelease’s idea (p. 24) of “incorporating poetry throughout the day” can be modified for libraries — Although displays of grouped poetry materials can be effective, how about framed poems throughout the YA collection (not overrunning the place, of course!), and perhaps changing them on a regular basis?


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